156 THE SETE'S TEMPLE OF DW/RAK/DHIS. Penny took us into tbe court of a beautiful temple or dwelfng-honse, for it seemed to be designed for both in one, lately built and not yet qtiite finished, by Goknl Pati Sink, Sindhia's treasurer, and. who has also a principal share in a great native banking-house, ©ne branch of which is fixed at Mathara. The building is enclosed by a small but richly carved gateway with a flight of steps which leads from the street to a square court, cloistered round, and containing In the centre a building, also square, supported by a triple row of pillars, all which, as well as the ceiling, are richly carved, painted, and gilt. The effect internally Is much like that of the Egyptian tomb} of which the model was exhibited in London bv Belzoni; externally, the carving is very beautiful. The „ J » / O » cloisters round were represented to me as the intended habitations of the Brah- mans attached to the fane ; and in front, toward? the street, were to be apart- ments for the founder on his occasional visits to 3Iathura." To snow how differ* ently the same building sometimes impresses different people, it may be men- tioned that Jacquemont, only four years later, describes the temple as like no- thing but a barrack or cotton factory : but po«ibly lie may have seen it soon after the festival of the Diwali, when, according to barbarous Hindu custom, the whole of the stone front is beautified with a thick coat of -whitewash. This gentleman's architectural ideas were, however, a little peculiar. Thus he says, of the Jama Masjid at Agra? that tbe bad taste of the design and the coarseness of the materials are good reason for leaving it to the ravages of time ; that the tomb of Itimad-ud-daula is In the most execrable taste ; that the Taj, though pretty, cannot be called elegant; and that the only building in Agra which is really a pure specimen of oriental architecture is the tomb of Colonel Hessing In the Catholic cemetery, the work of ( a poor devil* called Latif. His theolo gieai views would seem to have been equally warped, for in another place he thus expresses himself:—u Of all the follies and misfortunes of humanity, reli- gion is the one which is the most wearisome and the least profitable to study." The Dwarakadkis temple has always been in the hands of the VallabM- charyas? the sect to which the founder belonged. It is now administered by the Grosain who is the hereditary lord of the much older and yet wealthier shrine with the same name at Kunkarauli in Udaypnr (see page 130). Hitherto the expenses of the Matlmra establishments have been defrayed by anneal grants from the Seth*s estate; but the firm has lately made an absolute transfer to the Gosain of landed property yielding an income of Ks. 25,000; thus religiously carrying oat the intention of their ancestor^ though in so doing they further the interests of a sect not a little antagonistic to the one of "which they themselves are members.